I am Lucy Fenucciu and I have been working for the University of Cumbria (UoC) since October 2020 and I have been a life long learner, as well as being involved with students and learners for the last 30 years.
I am a registered general nurse and completed my training between 1989 and 1992 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Following regristration, I worked for 10 years on the cardiothoracic surgery ward as a staff nurse, progressing to junior sister. I completed the DipHE in Nursing Studies in 1994 and a BAhons in Social Work and Welfare Studies in 1998. During this time I worked with and mentored many nursing students as well as supporting colleagues through the NVQ process gaining qualifications as an NVQ assessor as well as assessing assessors.
I had an 8 year break from nursing and lived in Italy for 6 years, returning to study myself at UoC in 2008 to complete a return to practice course. It was here that I met a school nurse who sparked my interest in a school nursing career. I completed the School Nursing Graduate Diploma again at UoC, and worked for 6 years in Fleetwood as a school nurse specialist practitioner. During this time I mentored student nurses as well as supporting medical students. I also completed the Hepp 7001 to gain the community practice teacher qualification with UOC, and thoroughly enjoyed nurturing and supporting 2 student school nurses through their course journey. I was involved within this role in delivering health education sessions to children and young people aged 7 to 16.
From here I moved to work in children and adolescents mental health services (CAMHS) in a role that worked with the wider children's workforce. Within this role there was lots of teaching, training and facilitation of learning for colleagues such as teachers, police and social care staff. I also gained the qualification of Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, all of which gave me experience of teaching and learning with adults, whilst introducing me to facilitating learning rather than direct teaching.
I then went to work for the Safeguarding Team at Blackpool Hospital and a large part of my role was to deliver mandatory training around safeguarding children and domestic abuse. This was also a great experience that helped me to understand delivering difficult material that was very PowerPoint heavy, whilst trying to maintain the attention of the staff present with the flipped classroom approach.
My time here at UoC as a lecturer has been another unique experience and another layer of my own learning development as well as gaining experience in the learning journey of others. I have completed the PGCert in education here at the UoC and will become a Fellow very soon. I will be continuing to study for the next few years, studying the MA in Education.
I Have also worked on a unique team in Blackpool called CASHER (children and adoescents support and help enhanced response) for nearly 7 years. This is a team working out of hours supporting children and young people and their families struggling with and experiencing mental health difficulties. This is an innovative team of people from various backgrounds, responding to the needs of our young people across the Fylde Coast.
Qualifications and memberships
DipHE Nursing Studies
BAhons Social Work and Welfare Studies
Graduate Diploma SCHPN School Nurse
Community Practice Teacher
Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer
PGCert (TBC October 2022)
Academic and research interests
I am continuing with the MA in Education and have an interest in children looked after (CLA) and children and young people's mental health, and their access to higher education and university.